On the calendar, the 9/11 anniversary is over. In our hearts and minds, 9/11 live on.
People went back to school and back to work Monday with the somber 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks in their rearview mirrors. During the past few weeks, we have been inundated with stories about 9/11 - on TV, in the paper, even on radio - as media markets all over the world paid tribute to the thousands of innocent lives that were lost that day.
In Marshall, the city opened its doors to the region as it dedicated Memorial Park, a little more than four months after ground was broken. It was a special day in Marshall, and thousands flocked here to see the park and its main attraction - the steel beam from the World Trade Center that was salvaged from a New Jersey landfill.
The day started at 7:30 a.m. and ended sometime after 9 p.m. when the beam was lit up and spectators held their burning candles, casting a glow in what would otherwise be a dark piece of land. The bagpipers were still there and special live music was performed by All My Favorites. As patriotic songs blared, little kids and grown-ups, along with firefighters and police officers from Marshall and around the area, gazed upward at the beam and at the large American flag that watched over the park all day. There was applause for the veterans on hand, tears were shed and a thick mist of patriotism saturated every corner of the park once again after the sun went down.
Some say enough is enough, "I'm 9/11-ed out." To an extent, we don't blame you; media has a way of overwatering the plant when it comes to major news stories. Eventually, the emotion and, sadly, some of the patriotism, will wear off and we'll go back to our normal lives, if we haven't already. But let us not forget 9/11.
We surely don't need TV specials to remind us what happened on that day, but moving forward, we might need to be reminded to learn to appreciate our military troops, local firemen, police officers and emergency personnel like First Responders a little more than we normally would. The 10-year anniversary of 9/11 may be over, but the effects of that day 10 years ago will never go away.